Patterned Spring Shirt

Today, I am styling a pretty Spring look fresh from Italy.  I am optimistic that we will get to wear sandals soon even though I saw on the weather forecast that it is going to get cold again with some snowflakes here in Indiana later this week!

I got this cute Italian top at Violet Boutique on our trip to Laguna Beach.  I don’t typically wear a lot of patterned shirts but wanted to try something different.  If it is cold, this works with booties too.  I think this is cute for Spring or Fall.  I like to buy things I that can be worn more than one way or more than one season.  I really like all the details on this top like the green lace along the neckline and bottom plus the tie on the back of this top.

I also wanted to get a close up of these cute earrings that that go great with this top.

Some of you may have noticed that I have not styled my dress I wore to my sister-in-law’s wedding.  Unfortunately, things have not gone as planned.  I was unable to get any good pictures of just me in it or of me and my husband together since he was wearing a tux while we were in California.  I recently tried to get pictures of it here at home and those didn’t turn out well either!  Maybe, I will do a post on it eventually!

While I am on the subject of photos, I want you to know that the only editing I do to is cropping them and playing with the lighting to get the colors to look right.  Like anyone, I do try to post the best photos I can, but I do not try to correct any facial wrinkles or body flaws I might have.  What I look like in real life is what you will see in the photos I take.  I want to encourage being happy and comfortable with what we look like just as God made us!

It seems for the past few weeks my life has been just a comedy of errors.  I can’t seem to get things accomplished as quickly or as well as I would like.  If you are feeling like nothing is going right or you are struggling to keep up with daily life, I want you to know you are not alone.  I have been there a lot lately.  More importantly, God wants to be there with you.

Give Yourself A Break

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  2 Corinthians 12:9

Have you ever looked around at others thinking how they seem to have it all together while you struggle to keep afloat each day?  I have been thinking about that in my own life lately.  I see other bloggers, public figures, and friends on social media or in person who seem to have it all together.  They seem to be accomplishing great things, always on the go, full of energy, and organized.  Meanwhile, I have been struggling for a while now physically and mentally to get the bare minimum done in my day.  It doesn’t help that I have perfectionist tendencies.  Though I have good intentions, various limitations or obstacles seem to pop up blocking my plans.  It makes me beyond frustrated and anxious.

Yet, I know I need to stop comparing my life to others, because none of us really have it all together.  We all have areas of weakness, limitations, and struggles that we don’t show to the outside world.  Here are some things I am going to focus on instead of getting frustrated with myself when I don’t accomplish everything on my to do list.

I know God uses and works through our strengths and our weaknesses.  I know he is using my struggles right now to encourage you.  My writing won’t always be great.  My photos won’t always look great, and that is alright.  I want to be real with each of you who reads my blog.  We are all imperfect people depending on a perfect Savior.

God wants us to depend on him, not on ourselves or someone else.  He wants us to depend on him when everything is going mostly right as well as when things are not going right at all.

We are here to glorify God whenever he accomplishes something in our weaknesses and our strengths.  It is not about showing us to the world.  It is not saying look what I can do.  It is all about saying look what our God can do.

Finally, I think sometimes we need a reminder to slow down and try to enjoy our lives more.  I remember back before my surgery for breast cancer as I was dealing with an unknown future.  I thought how much I want to enjoy my life more once this is all behind me.  I thought how I want to enjoy not only the exciting moments but also the unexciting ones.  I want to celebrate life as it is every day no matter what comes my way.  We only have one life to live.  If every day doesn’t go as planned then that’s okay, because I still have that day to enjoy.




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